Unless you’re a fuddled co-ed on the last day of Spring Break, no means no. Which is why the idea of state nullification, that theory of Thomas Jefferson which argues that states can and must refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal laws, has Barack Obama’s pink panties in such a wad. State after sovereign state is using the power of “no,” Jefferson’s so-called “rightful remedy,” to call a halt to the unlawful machinations of the most corrupt administration in American history.
“The federal government doesn’t have the authority to do a lot of what it’s trying to do these days, from regulating guns within state borders … or telling us what kinds of light bulbs to put in our lamps,” [Kansas state Representive John] Rubin said, noting a rise in the number of nullification bills. “We have the Obama administration to thank for that.”
In these trying times, each day of which seems to bring yet another federal usurpation, nullification just might be the last stop before out and out rebellion. Constitutional scholar Publius Huldah explains the two conditions that must exist before nullification is proper and possible:
- The act of the federal government must be unconstitutional – usually a usurpation of a power not delegated to the federal government in the Constitution; and
- The act must be something The States or The People can “nullify”- i.e., refuse to obey: the act must order them to do something or not do something.
A State “interposes” when it stands between the federal government and The Citizens of the State in order to protect them from the federal government … “Nullification” is one form of interposition.
The federal garotte choking the life from Lady Liberty did not suddenly appear in the strangler’s mottled hands. It’s been in his murder kit for nearly a hundred years. Publius Huldah again:
Progressives of the early 1900s transformed the federal government into the Frankensteinian monster it is today. They imposed the regulatory welfare state where the federal government regulates business and commerce, natural resources, human resources, and benefits some people [e.g., welfare parasites, labor unions & obama donors] at the expense of others.
The Progressives claimed the power to determine what is in the “public interest” and have the federal government implement their notions of what advances the “public interest”.
Under the Progressives, the federal government was no longer limited by the enumerated powers delegated in the Constitution; but would follow the “will of the people” as expressed by their representatives in the federal government. In other words, the Progressives gave the federal government a blank check to fill out anyway they want. People in the federal government now claim power to do whatever they want to us.
And they always tell us that each tug on the noose is for our own good:
“It’s okay if you’re not a fan of the Affordable Care Act – you can take advantage of these things anyway. In the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right. And we’re going to keep it that way.” — Barack Obama
Barack Obama’s litany of offenses against the law of the land is as long as Al Capone’s rap sheet. By what right, for example, does the federal government have to force private insurers “to cover, at no charge, contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization as part of Obamacare. That mandate includes employers like Catholic hospitals, Christian schools, and faith-based pregnancy care centers, all of which must offer the coverage, regardless of their beliefs.” But neither public opposition nor judicial ruling has slowed the pace of the Obama usurpation. He is the man our Founders warned us against:
In the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, James Madison said the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution. As Jefferson warned, if the federal government is allowed to hold a monopoly on determining the extent of its own powers, we have no right to be surprised when it keeps discovering new ones. If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, it will continue to grow – regardless of elections …
It’s time to say yes to states that say no.
- States seek to nullify Obama efforts (Politico)
- James Madison Rebukes Nullification Deniers (Publius Huldah)
- Obamacare and the Unconstitutional Revolution (Ricochet)
- A Supreme Court Justice’s Affirmation of Nullification (sgtreport.com)
- For or Against the Constitution? .. A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet (saveamericafoundation.com)
- How About Applying Nullification to the Entire Federal Budget ?? (ncrenegade.com)
- Kentucky: Where is our Freedom? (cftcblog.wordpress.com)
- Why Nullification? (tenthamendmentcenter.com)
- Obama’s Increasingly Tyrannical Proclivities (americanthinker.com)
- States Tell Feds: Keep Out! (chasvoice.blogspot.com)
- Articles of Impeachment Delivered (Conservative Byte)